Auto Club Speedway Partners With Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Orange County And The Inland Empire To Celebrate NASCAR Day


The Auto Club Speedway today announced it has partnered with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help celebrate the fifth annual NASCAR Day, taking place across the country this year on Friday, May 16.

“Many people don’t realize the tremendous impact The NASCAR Foundation has on our neighbors and friends in need right here in Southern California,” said Speedway President Gillian Zucker.  “By selecting our local Make-A-Wish Foundation to benefit from this year’s NASCAR Day fundraising efforts, we hope to put a face on how buying a NASCAR Day pin can make dreams come true.”

 NASCAR Day collectable lapel pins are available for a $5 donation at the track, online at  Contributions will go to benefit both Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire and the NASCAR Foundation.  The first wish that the Auto Club Speedway will help support is a meeting between 7-year old Evan, from Apple Valley, CA and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.  The wish will take place on the second weekend of May at Darlington Raceway.  The Auto Club Speedway will host a send-off party for Evan at the Speedway as well as a homecoming event on NASCAR Day after Evan’s wish has been granted.

 Over the past five years, nearly five million dollars has been raised to help those who need it most in a celebration as unique as the sport itself.  NASCAR Day, celebrated annually on the third Friday in May, is an opportunity for fans, corporations, schools and organizations to help those in need.  Locally these funds have been used toward relief efforts for thousands of families displaced by the recent wild fire evacuations, to purchase life saving equipment at the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital and to aid other local charities.

 For more information visit or call (909) 429-5000.

About Auto Club Speedway

To purchase tickets to Labor Day’s biggest party, the Pepsi 500 weekend at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, please call 800-944-RACE or log on to  Fans are encouraged to come early to races and take advantage of all the attractions in the Opportunity, California FanZone.  The Opportunity, California FanZone is a multi-million dollar facility enhancement including delicious food at Apex by Wolfgang Puck, the Speedway's official retail store called Impulse, amazing sounds of live bands at the entertainment stage, and shade and leisure areas.  For more information visit

 The Auto Club Speedway of Southern California is owned by International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events annually.  For more information, visit the company’s website at

About Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire

As a chapter of the national foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire fulfills wishes for children between the ages of 2-12; and 18 who confront life-threatening medical conditions.

Granting wishes helps these children find the hope they need to transform their life-threatening illnesses into life-affirming triumphs.  Formed in 1983, the chapter has fulfilled the wishes of more than 3,500 children.

About The NASCAR Foundation

The NASCAR Foundation embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and our commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use the strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of people who need it most.




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